MAY 15, 2003    VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

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FROM THE EDITOR:   Welcome to issue # 6 !  WOW---I just started this newsletter and website 10 weeks ago?  THANKS to the readers who have submitted stories, links and ideas.  Your contributions are appreciated  !
   The readership is steadily increasing---so PLEASE keep on "forwarding" my newsletters to your friends !
   I am FINALLY getting caught up on some of my projects, so next week ( and the following 5 weeks ) I'll be able to devote more time to my treasure hunting adventures here in
   In July Tara and I pack up and move back to Utah for 4 months.  I already have four sites there that I am excited about investigating!
   I am still interested in receiving any info YOU might have on the KGC and/or THE LUE.  Please write me at: 

MY BROTHER LANCE:   In the last issue I requested help in locating my "lost" brother Lance.  I also offered a reward.  THANKS to those that tried to help, but he is still "lost".  The reward is still available !

PRIZES !:   Only two weeks until the drawing for the metal detector !  In the last issue you had the opportunity to register for the drawing by clicking once on the special link.  Then about 5 days ago you received an email from me giving you the same opportunity. 
   I am surprised that only about 40% of you have entered.  The odds are sure better than any other contest that I am aware of and I can't make it any easier to enter---just
CLICK HERE! if you have not already entered (only one entry per e-mail that is subscribed to the newsletter).  Thanks !

LOOKING FOR A CLUB ? :   Most states ( and most major cities ) have clubs for treasure hunters and metal detectors.  To locate a club near you ( and maybe a hunting partner ? ) I suggest that you go to:  http://www.LostTreasure.com/clubs  

BOGUS TREASURE CHEST ! :  Here is an interesting story.  Who was trying to fool who ?   http://www.desertUSA.com/mag99/feb/stories/dvtreasure.html

LONG RANGE LOCATOR:   I think I can afford one of THESE units---might be interesting to try?   www.Rangertell.com 

FLORIDA TREASURE DIVE SITES:  Some of these are close to me !  And some I were not aware of.   http://www.treasuresites.com/

TREASURE FROM THE ANDREA DORIA:   A brief history and then the opportunity to own a piece of history.  http://www.bvcoins.com/default.php?page=andreadoria

THE JESSE JAMES EXPERT ? :   Bud Hardcastle sounds like a very dedicated researcher of the Jesse James mystery---WHEN and WHERE did Jesse die?
   It sounds like Hardcastle has the makings of a GOOD book .  I'll buy a copy !
   To read about the frustrations of trying to prove that Jesse James lived to be over 100 years old---go to www.GOOGLE.com
  and search for BUD HARDCASTLE.

cently I had the pleasure of talking to Robert Sloan by phone.  Robert is one of the organizers of this relatively new organization.  It sounds very promising, so I joined.  It is FREE !
   Sloan is also the main radio celebrity on the internet radio show called BUGLER'S SHACK.  He has a LIVE show on Sunday nights.  The website has some interesting stuff and links on it:  www.wwats.org

UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS ( WORLD-WIDE ) :   One of the links on the BUGLER'S SHACK website ( see above article ) is about upcoming trips that you can participate in.  Peru, Mongolia, etc.  :   http://www.wwats.org/sys-tmpl/upcomingexpeditions/

THE SANBORN MAPS :   Ever had the need for an older map that would show you where a certain building was located---many years ago?  If you need a map ( prior to 1927 ) of your city, you can check out this website:   http://www.utahice.com/sanborn.htm

WE ARE LOSING OUR RIGHTS ! :   More and more states are making laws to limit our use of metal detectors.  Many state parks and public lands are already closed to the use of detectors.  There are several groups that are fighting for our right to enjoy our hobby.  A website that I just added to my FAVORITES file has some good info on how YOU can help protect your own rights and future enjoyment. 

DREDGE EARTH FIRST :   D.E.F.---an organization that puts on annual rallies to bring miners, mining clubs and others together with the general public for raising awareness of public land use issues.  They have some FREE rallies coming up---the next one is in Georgia later this month.  They also have a good forum for prospectors!  ALSO now listed in my FAVORITES file:   http://www.dredge-earth-first.org/

OREGON'S LOST TREASURES:   The Oregon Treasure Research Center provides information about Oregon's more than 140 lost mines and treasures. 

THE ADVENTURE HOTSHEET :  I received this email from Dave Sharpe:
" Hi Floyd---my new project is a "hot-sheet"---there are so many forums and resources for treasure hunters that there is no way the average person could keep up with what's going on in all of them ( so far, I've bookmarked at least 60 forums, and there's more to go! ).
   My hot-sheet will provide a weekly round-up of the best posts and articles available on-line, and we should provide extra exposure for the forums without competing with them."
   For your FREE subscription:  http://www.adventurehotsheet.com/

WIN A HOOKAH DIVE SYSTEM !:  This is a COOL little system for divers and dredgers to check out.  LOST TREASURE magazine and the maker of the system offer you a chance to win:  http://www.LostTreasure.com/winprizes/

Link submitted by Dwight Traina

   "Guerilla Warfare, Missouri Style!  The black flag of Quantrill's Partisan Rangers meant "no quarter" for prisoners and was the most feared Confederate flag to Union soldiers".  For the rest of this article:  http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Bunker/3802/guerilla.htm


   My FIRST piece of advice:  I think it is most important for a "treasure hunter" to realize that 95% ( or maybe more ! ) of your efforts should be directed towards research.
   If you do enough research on your project you should be able to narrow down your search area quite a bit.  No sense in running around the country aimlessly looking for a likely spot to dig.  Save your digging strength for the final dig !
   I rarely will even get my detector out of the car trunk unless I am pretty positive that I have the search area narrowed down to a 10-acre size parcel.  And that is still a
LOT of ground to cover !
   My SECOND piece of advice :  Don't go looking for the huge and famous treasures that thousands ( and likely TENS of thousands ! ) have searched for.  It has either been found ( and not reported ) OR never existed, OR it is unrecoverable ( too deep to detect, on "off-limits" property, or too dangerous ).
   Pick a treasure story near YOU !  You'll save lots of money and have just as much fun.
   How do you pick a treasure tale to research?  Every state has hundreds of stories.  Even a beginner has heard about, or read about, some treasure tales.
   My THIRD piece of advice:  Start gathering your research tools ( magazines, books, and website addresses ) and get busy !
   There are two major treasure hunting monthly magazines that I recommend you subscribe to:  (1)  LOST TREASURE---
http://www.LostTreasure.com , and (2)  WESTERN AND EASTERN TREASURES--- http://www.treasurenet.com  .  Go to their websites and read everything on them.  They have stories, tips, articles, etc. that are informative and helpful.  Order their magazines from their websites.
   Find as many treasure forums as you can and start reading them.  Start with the most current postings and work your way back to the first post on each forum.  Some of these forums started five years ago and contain THOUSANDS of messages about treasure, research, equipment, recovery and many other topics.
   With over 60 treasure hunting forums on the internet ( that I know of ! ) you will need a few months of reading---to get through all of them.  After you have done this "homework" you will be much more knowledgeable about treasure hunting.
   If you have decided on a particular treasure to seek, you can post your own request for more information on your treasure on these various forums.
   OK !  So far you have now subscribed to the two leading treasure hunting magazines and read ( and joined ) most of the forums.  Now---get some books !  The library is FREE !.  Go there and check out the interesting ones and order ( through inter-library loans ) the ones in the computer index that your library does not own.
   All of this FREE information will keep you busy for quite awhile.  I know that you are anxious to go dig up a treasure, but first:  become educated.  It will pay off later.
   There are three major treasure-book sellers on the internet that I will recommend.  I have bought from all three and they are fast and dependable.  Go to their websites and either download their catalogues or request that they mail you a printed copy.  Just reading their catalogues is a good educational tool.
   Visit these sites; (1)  http://www.waybilltoadventure.com
  (2)  http://www.treasurenet.com/kbslocum/   (3)  http://www.research-unlimited.com/
NOW you have the basic research tools and tips to be a treasure hunter !
   To get a good idea of what kind of treasure websites are on the internet I suggest you go to www.GOOGLE.com
 .  Type one of these words into the GOOGLE search window:  Treasure, Lost Treasure, Buried Treasure, Sunken Treasure.  You will get a few pages of website listings regarding that search word.  Bookmark the ones you like, so you can read them later.  Put together a list of your TOP 25.  Refer to them often.
   Well, I could turn this article into a few chapters, but I think you now have a general idea of how to become a better treasure hunter.  Knowledge is King !
   One FINAL thing for you to do!  Go to MY website and let me help you.  Over the past 30+ years I have helped HUNDREDS of fellow treasure hunters find a clue, a reference, or a contact that helped them towards their goal in their treasure hunting endeavors.  On my website I have over 350 treasure leads and I am adding 100 each month.  I also have this FREE twice-monthly newsletter, forums, stories, articles and a great research database.  You can email me, anytime, with your questions and I'll help you---for FREE !  No strings attached, nothing to buy.  I'll gladly help you find your treasure !  Good Luck and Happy Hunting !
LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM      www.LostTreasureUSA.com 

Link submitted by JOYCE LARSON



Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual


   There's few things more enjoyable than listening to a true old-timer tell a few stories.  There's not too many of these wonderful folks left, so if you have the privilege of knowing someone who has lived for many years, be sure to listen when they spin their yarns.  It is the stories with a punch line that get remembered, and there is nothing like a robbery, rich gold strike, or other exciting event to give it a permanent place in one's recollections.
   Frank Mills is one such man, with many interesting tales of his adventures.  Now in his nineties, he grew up in Hill City, South Dakota and has many clear recollections of his life here in the early decades of the 1900's.  We spent an enjoyable afternoon with him, and he shared a few of his memories of life during the later years of the Black Hills gold rush.
   The old Summit Mine, near Frank's farm east of Hill City, had many stories told about its rich gold ores.  Frank recalled meeting the daughter of the original locator in the town of Greybull, Wyoming.  She asked if Frank would like to see one of the specimens from that mine.  Instantly answering in the affirmative, Frank was then shown a large specimen with two small fingers of quartz of about pencil size, the remainder of the specimen being, as near as he could tell, solid gold, with a total weight of about 4 pounds.
   "Highgrading" of the Summit Mine's richer specimens was common, and many a spectacular piece undoubtedly ended up hidden in the overshoes or lunch buckets of the miners who worked there.  Some of these gold-encrusted samples ended up in Frank's father's hands, as he often "horse-traded" with the miners for oats and grains, which was fed to the chickens kept at the mining camp.  Frank's dad wisely kept these native gold specimens out of Frank's sight, however, as he feared that Frank and his brother would soon catch "the fever", and leave home and chores behind in search of more of the elusive metal.
   When a young Frank besieged his father to "go panning" on weekends, his father would immediately list "1,000 chores that suddenly needed doing", in order that Frank should have no time to pursue any foolish quest for gold.  Nevertheless, Frank found the time to chase a vein or two.  However, he soon learned to not mention a word of such explorations to his dad. 
   The Lost Mitten of Gold---Frank related a story about the Summit Mine, where one of the younger workers had discovered a rich pocket of ore, which he stashed in his mitten till such time as his shift ended, and he could escape with his prize.  An older "tough" who worked at the mine, got wind of the find, however, and made it his plan to waylay the young man after work.
   Hearing about this, the youngster made fast his getaway immediately upon quitting time.  He headed swiftly down the trail back to camp, with the larger, older man slowly overtaking him.  When the two finally met up, the mitten was nowhere to be found.  Much to the dismay of all parties concerned, the young man had stashed it hurriedly while he fled from his pursuer.  But, in his haste to cache it, he did not properly recollect exactly where he had hidden his treasure-filled mitten, and thus the prize was lost.
   When metal detectors were being developed during and after the war, where the machine found such important use in locating explosive mines, a man acquainted with Frank brought a war-surplus detector and searched for the mitten, after Frank told him the story of the Lost Mitten, and the two men actually located it with the device.  Frank claimed that the mitten contained 10 pounds of gold !
   Several people found nuggets in a layer of clay which outcropped sporadically in those parts.  One man, who seldom had money, and much to his wife's everlasting annoyance, often spent what little he had on "moonshine", once found a fairly rich pocket of gold in that layer.  This clay he would work, from time to time, to afford more "shine" .  The clay was reluctant to yield its wealth, however, unless it was thoroughly soaked and broken up, so the drunkard took to using his wife's washing machine to process the clay.  The machine made easy the task of washing out the gold, but the abrasive clay soon wore out the washer.  With the gold all spent on whiskey and moonshine, there was no money left to replace the washer, and so the man lost his little enterprise, and also became most unpopular with his wife !
   Frank was friends with a man named Flanagan, whom, Frank claims, was the original inventor of the metal detector.  Frank actually helped him to wire one of those early units together.  He didn't understand the theory, but was able to assist in soldering wires and connections on the clever invention.  In the initial discussions the pair held, Flanagan noted how a knife held close to the circuit caused the device to oscillate.  Frank told his friend, "I think you're onto something there !"
   According to Frank, Flanagan's patents were stolen, but he continued to develop the device, nonetheless, and Frank accompanied him on several tests of the bulky, tube-powered apparatus.  It used a wooden bicycle wheel wound with wire for the detecting coil, and with its heavy high-voltage batteries, it was an arduous two-man operation to search with the device.  The man built several different circuits, and one he created could, according to Frank, search as deep as one mile for ore bodies.  That machine once was used to locate a small oil field, due to the "halo" of minerals that surround such geologic deposits.
   Knowing about the ledge of clay found in the area, and the gold nuggets it contained, Frank and his friend once took the machine around the hillsides, and picked up a large deposit about 6 feet under the soil on this particular hill.  Flanagan was unemployed, but Frank held down a $50 per month job, and so purchased some dynamite for his friend to expose the ledge.
   A local prospector, also out of work, was hired to help, and sure enough, blasting uncovered a layer of clay, which was hoped would be of the gold-bearing variety.  Samples of the clay exhibited an unusual electrical conductivity, even so much as to cause an ordinary ohmmeter to show near zero resistance to current flow.  With no gold showing in its makeup, however, the men merely kept samples in their pockets, as much as novelties as anything else.
   Soon, however, a geologist was conducting field classes while visiting nearby Palmer Gulch, and Frank and his friend brought the samples to the professor for identification.  "Yes, it is clay," he readily confirmed, but then startled the pair when he said, "and it is filled with salts of uranium."
   This brought about a quick emptying of the pockets of any and all additional samples, lest the radioactivity should cause a painful injury !
   I hope you enjoyed these recollections as much as I enjoyed hearing Frank Mills share them!  



   In 1757, Don Bernado, discovered a vein of gold in Packsaddle Mountain and peons worked the mine until 1775.  The mine was believed to be the lost Los Almagres gold and silver mine.  One story goes that the mine was attacked by Indians in 1775 and the Spaniards filled in the mines so the Indians could not work them.
   Another version of the story goes that the Indians were working the mines and the Spaniards, eager to gain the wealth, attacked the Indians.  All of the Spaniards were killed and the Indians, fearing another attack, filled in the mines.  Both versions of the story agree that for many years human bones were found on top of Packsaddle Mountain, to attest to the fierce struggles that went on there.
   As stories go, Packsaddle Mountain was so named for the depression, or the gap, in the mountain or an early traveler who found an abandoned packsaddle on the hill, left from a previous traveler, and so named the mountain accordingly.
   Speculation of the last Indian battle fought on top of the mountain, which is located in Llano County, Texas, happened in August of 1873.  Apaches, ( or Comanches, depending on who is telling the story ) established a camp on top of the mountain and began to plunder ranches in the valley below.
   On August 9th cowboys from Moss Ranch found a dead cow that had been shot with an arrow.  The next day eight of the men armed themselves with Colts and Sharps, a repeater carbine, and began searching for the raiding Indians.  The cowboys finally found a fresh trail of about 20 Indians.  They slipped up on one Indian, who was busy admiring his freshly painted face, in a small hand mirror.  He escaped into the brush, yelling to alarm the other Indians.  Three cowboys were seriously injured in the ensuing fight which left 5 to fight 21 Indians.  The Texan's accurate fire drove the Indians back.  The Apaches ( or Comanches ) ran into the thick undergrowth.  The Texans, thinking that they had run off, dismounted to attend to the injured cowboys.
   The Indians sprang from the underbrush.  The cowboys went for their guns and the Indians halted.  The chief tried to get his warriors to make another charge.  They refused and the chief, Winchester in hand, walked towards the cowboys stopping to fire every few feet.  As he got closer he was shot by many Spencer bullets and fell dead alongside two other Indians that had been killed in the battle.  As soon as the chief fell, the remaining Indians retreated with their dead and wounded.  One of the cowboys then scalped the chief and the other dead Indian.
   The wounded Texans recovered at the Duncan Ranch.  The bodies of Indians were found weeks later in caverns near the battle site.
   In 1924 the mine was again thought to have been found by two Austin men.  Silver ore was thought to be worth $1,000.00 a ton after mining would begin.  One of the men proclaimed , that after all the taking of human lives, Texas would become the richest mining state in the United States.  The mine ceased operations about two years later, after the rich veins were not found.
   Much of Packsaddle, a described 600 million year old sandstone mountain, lies on an exposed bed of Honey Creek at the foot of the mountain, by SH 71.  Traces of silver and gold and other metals have been found in Honey Creek.


   MAUI, HAWAII---In 1883 the Japanese merchant schooner KIGIKU put in at Maui to take on supplies and permit the crew shore leave.  The KIGIKU would remain in port for nearly two weeks, during which time three Japanese youths, all part of the crew, decided to jump ship in order to live in paradise.
   The green sailors discreetly spoke to workers, as well as some of the criminal element, on the wharf inquiring about work and housing.  They learned that the island population was increasing dramatically from Japanese, Samoans, Chinese, and Portuguese along with American investors developing Hawaiian industry.
   During this period the Sandwich Island's government was besieged with labor issues and immigration problems, causing the laws to tighten up on newcomers.  The three sailors were told that if they wanted to remain they'd have to come with their own money to provide for themselves.
   One of the youths, Ichiro Takei, staked out the waterfront merchants and observed that every few hours young boys who worked as "runners" would hand-carry sacks of coins for the merchants and deposit them at the bank.  Takei watched this foot traffic for several days, following their routes, all the while developing a plan to rob them.
   Takei laid out his plan before his two friends and it was decided that the robbery would be the only way the three could remain.  The hold-up went off without a hitch and the three sailors now had their grub stake.  Making their way to the outskirts of town they passed through an active volcanic area with steam vents which left ground fog over much of the area.
   Takei made a map as they went, until they came to a location where they stashed the loot.  The youths then returned to town and contacted local criminals who had promised them refuge...for a price.  When the three young sailors told them of their successful heist, and offered the loot up in exchange for refuge, the local talent just laughed at them.
   It turns out that the sailors had stolen the small change tokens the merchants didn't want to deal with and they had the runners deposit them into local banks.  Taken were a few dollars worth of Haiku Cane Plantation tokens, marked "One Rail-1882."  Today these tokens are worth $500.00 or more, each.
   A few hours later Takei and one of the other two sailors were found murdered.  The third was found alive with multiple stab wounds.  Before he died he confessed all and gave a copy of the treasure map to authorities, but after much searching the loot was never found.  The location was determined to be near a spatter cone, and its estimated worth today is about $350,000.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON :   While waiting out a typical Oregon downpour, German mineralogist Karl Meyer took shelter under a rock ledge while prospecting along Miller Creek.  Meyer discovered a cave after watching a badger disappear into a hole.  By widening the hole, Meyer was able to crawl through and entered an underground cavern where he located a large vein of gold running through it.
   Meyer broke off several pieces which later assayed at $415,000 per ton.  Certain that he would have no trouble locating the cave, Meyer returned to his camp and started off on foot the following morning.  During the day Meyer suffered a head injury and remained encamped for nearly two days recovering, but was never able to locate the cave.  He spent the next six months searching without success.  Certain that he was close, Meyer built a cabin along Miller Creek and later died of tuberculosis, never having found his cave.  These events occurred in 1878.
OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON---The ghost town of Ruby was a hell-fire silver boomtown and was known as the "Comstock of Washington" during its heyday years in the late 1880-90's.
   Billy Dawson's was quite a popular joint, a hostelry, gambling house and saloon.  It was also where mine owner Jonathan Bourne called home.
   After sinking more than $500,000 into developing his mine, Bourne experienced a lull in production.  Unable to meet payroll, Bourne announced that his workers would have to wait to be paid.  Bourne then quietly retreated to the comforts of home at Billy Dawson's place.
   Not knowing which room their employer occupied, Bourne's employees proceeded to get their bosse's attention by shooting out every single window at Dawson's hotel.  Apparently the strategy worked, because Bourne immediately made arrangements for $20,000 to be transported to Ruby by wagon to cover payroll and damages at Dawson's place.
   While the wagon was enroute to Ruby, local talent Frank LeRoy, Indian Steve and Indian Johnny rob the wagon and quickly vanish with the loot.  Later, Indian Steve lost his life in a gunfight at Chillwhist, Frank LeRoy is thought to have fled the area, and Indian Johnny surrendered to officers and was lodged in the jail at Conconully ( today a state park ).  Indian Johnny refused to talk and was subsequently hung not far from the jail.
   LeRoy is not known to have returned to the area, and what became of the loot remains a mystery.  It has been suggested that the loot was buried near the jail at Conconully.
   The ghost town/State Park of Conconully sits at the edge of Conconully Lake 15 miles northwest of Omak, and was a mining boomtown from 1886-1915.
ITAWAMBA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI---On the night of February 18, 1864 Captain L.B. Pardue was commanding the 7th Battalion of the Mississippi Infantry.  They made camp not far from the town of Fulton, a few hundred feet south of where Hwy. 78 crosses the Tombigbee River, in an area known as Fulton's Swamp.  Pardue had been assigned to transport a payroll chest containing $31,943 in gold coin.
   Stokes Roberts, in command of the Itawamba Home Guard Militia, received word of the payroll shipment and made plans to take the gold.  Near midnight Roberts and his band of guerilla fighters opened fire on the Confederate camp, but in the dark couldn't see what to shoot at.  The firefight lasted until dawn and the Roberts band forced Pardue to retreat to the south.  Days later, Pardue arrived at the Alabama line.  Just Pardue and three Confederate soldiers made it.  The rest were killed in action.
   During the night Pardue and two soldiers buried the payroll chest in the woods east of the camp.  Clues are:  the chest was buried 3 feet deep, five steps to the east of a post oak tree which was marked with two hash marks cut near the base about one foot above the ground.

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CONCLUSION :  Well---this concludes issue # 6 !  Watch your email on June 1st for issue # 7.  Maybe I'll be announcing that YOU are the winner of the metal detector !  But ONLY if you have registered in the past two weeks--or you clicked the link provided near the beginning of this newsletter.  GOOD LUCK !!  Please send your newsletter submissions to me at:


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